I am so thankful that you will be helping our children and families cope physically, emotionally, and spiritually with the stressors that they face in health care. I believe we are right on with the numbers of 75 vehicles a quarter. Let me tell you about a five year old I met. She was awake, alert, softly crying with a large crocodile tear inching its way down her right cheek. She was restrained in one position to minimize her neck and back movements. Her first words to me were, "ayuda, ayuda, por favor." Then she spoke in English, "I woke up in a tree." "I want to go now!" I had a pink and a blue hand car in my coping bag and I asked her is she would like to choose one. She chose the blue on because her brother was here to and he was, "really hurt." I immediately opened them both, made her in charge of taking care of her brother's until we could get it to him, and she could have the pink one. She put one in each hand and with back and neck straight as an arrow, she ran both cars up and around her sides. It reminded me on the arm movements we made in the snow when we made snow angels. Smiles were plentiful. Then after about 45 more minutes of restraint to her back, she was able to sit up.
She held on to each of the toys and was able to present her brother with his car two days later. Both giggled and spoke in Spanish, but, both played with them together on a tape mat.
As an aside note,
I took the comfort cross to my first infusion on Monday. I so appreciate this gift of love that touches the soul and allows me to thank our Father for the blessings he has bestowed in my life. He has provided me with the best vantage point to view His miraculous works daily. I am so glad to have met more blessings in you and the Toy Makers of Yulee.
"The deputies really appreciate having the ToyMakers vehicles. They keep a supply of them in their squad cars to give out at accidents or stressful incidents. It helps calm the children and puts a smile on their faces."
Sheriff Bill Leeper